Mounted police in Kelowna, British Columbia, are investigating after dozens of people protesting against vaccination warrants disrupted an informal Remembrance Day rally at the city’s cenotaph on Thursday.
RCMP said when officers arrived at the scene at around 10:55 a.m. PT, they found between 75 and 100 protesters disrupting proceedings.
“Kelowna RCMP officers support the right of an individual or group to protest, but when they choose to voluntarily interrupt the citizens’ assembly at a Remembrance Day ceremony, it is one step too far, ”said Insp. Adam MacIntosh said in a press release.
“The Kelowna RCMP will conduct a full investigation into this event to determine what offense, criminal or otherwise, may have been committed and, if so, the laying of charges or fines.
An official Remembrance Day public ceremony did not take place in the city this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but police said veterans and members of the public gathered at the cenotaph to pay him homage.
An anti-vax protester steals the microphone during an unofficial Remembrance Day ceremony at the Kelowna City Park Cenotaph. pic.twitter.com/JHpuMJIUSZ
** Correction: They brought their own microphone. **
Local media Kelowna Now posted a video of the event which shows a woman with a microphone speaking out against vaccination warrants.
She is confronted by a number of angry onlookers, including a man with military medals on his chest who tells her, “It’s not about you. These are our veterans.
Matt Glen told CBC News he attended the cenotaph with his wife and was far out in the crowd when the disturbances started.
“All of a sudden we heard a lot of booing and screaming and commotion, then we saw veterans… storm out. Some were crying, others were screaming. They were all upset,” he said. -he declares.
Another witness, Patrick McGeough, said he was shocked by the behavior of the protesters.
“This is the most heartbreaking exhibit I have ever seen in my decades leading up to Remembrance Day,” he said.
“I am speechless and in conflict with what happened.”
Kelowna RCMP are asking anyone who filmed the event to send a copy to investigators.